Inside the transnational social space: Cross-border management and owner relationship in a German subsidiary in Hungary

Christoph Dörrenbächer

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This paper examines the social relationships in and around a German subsidiary in Hungary during the first 15 years of Hungarian transition to a market economy. It draws on a recent conceptual framework that sees multinational corporations as transnational social spaces, in which transnational communities - communities of individuals that exhibit a unique cross-national organisational identity - may emerge. Empirically investigating two basic types of cross-border social relationship in multinational corporations, the paper argues that, due to the constant interplay of cross-border management and ownership relationships, the emergence of transnational communities is a demanding process, with established communities being precarious entities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-339
Number of pages22
JournalJournal for east european management studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • multinational corporations
  • transnational social space
  • transnational communities
  • headquarters-subsidiary relationships
  • knowledge transfer
  • MNC

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